Julie A. Ask

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving eBusiness & Channel Strategy PROFESSIONALS

Julie serves eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals. Julie's 25 years of work experience is balanced between the engineering and management consulting work she did in the first half of her career and her work as an analyst for the past 12 years. The combination of technical and business expertise positions prepared her well to work with business leaders to identify new opportunities offered by mobile technology and to develop strategies to engage with consumers on mobile devices. She has worked with hundreds of clients across retail, travel, banking, insurance, CPG, healthcare, retail, and more to advise and guide the development of their mobile strategies.

Julie's research and analysis have been widely cited in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, BusinessWeek, RCR Wireless, and The Onion and on CBS, NBC, and PBS.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to becoming an analyst, Julie worked at a contextual services mobile startup in San Francisco and prior to that at Booz Allen & Hamilton.

Education

Julie holds a B.S.E.E. and a Master of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

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  • Past 18 months
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:International Shipping Solutions For US Online Retailers

    Using Cross-Border Shipping To Reach Global Customers

    The US may boast the largest eCommerce market today, but eCommerce growth rates are far higher in other countries across Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and other regions of the globe than in...

    • Downloads: 354
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Six Key Elements Of Proactive Chat

    Evolve Proactive Chat To Proactive Engagement

    Online consumers demand effortless engagement, which often means live help for pre- or post-purchase questions. eBusiness leaders increasingly deploy proactive chat to deliver effortless engagement...

    • Downloads: 251
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Case Study: ING Vysya Boosts Customer Engagement With Its Banking App

    Use The IDEA Framework To Enhance Customer Engagement

    ING Vysya Bank, a midsize Indian private-sector bank, wanted to give its customers an always available, self-service direct banking channel to fulfill its business objective of increasing customer...

    • Downloads: 182
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    Report:Channel Management: Core To Your Customer Service Strategy

    Consumers' preferences for customer service channels are rapidly changing. And it's not just the younger generation of consumers — there's disruption and change across all ages and...

    • Downloads: 168
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Manage The Cross-Touchpoint Customer Journey

    Processes: The Digital Business Transformation Playbook

    Today's consumer engages through a variety of touchpoints, yet many brands struggle to deliver cross-touchpoint experiences. Too many firms focus on each touchpoint in isolation and fail to enable...

    • Downloads: 2256
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Customer Advocacy 2014: How US Consumers Rate Their Financial Institutions

    Customers Rate Their Banks, Credit Card Providers, Insurers, And Investment Firms

    The traditional competitive barriers in retail financial services are crumbling. Digital touchpoints render branch distribution strength impotent. Digital technologies are cheaper and easier to...

    • Downloads: 233
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Case Study: AIB Puts Its Customers At The Heart Of Digital Transformation

    AIB Embraced Digital Transformation To Turn Its Business Around

    Following the financial crisis of 2008, Allied Irish Banks (AIB) was recapitalized by the Irish government and forced to fundamentally reinvent itself or risk being broken up and sold off. Putting...

    • Downloads: 237
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Get Mobile Insurance Strategy Right By Designing For Customers' Mobile Moments

    Strategic Plan: The Mobile Insurance Strategy Playbook

    Mobile strategies fail when firms fail to understand evolving customer expectations or outline clear business objectives. eBusiness and channel strategy executives at insurance companies should...

    • Downloads: 805
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    Report:2014 Global Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark

    Benchmarks: The Mobile Banking Strategy Playbook

    We used our Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark methodology to evaluate the mobile banking offerings of 32 large retail banks in Western Europe, North America, and Australia. In general, the firms...

    • Downloads: 520
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Build A Pervasive Corporate Mobile Competency

    Organization: The Mobile eBusiness Playbook

    Mobile strategy has evolved since 2010. Then, a mobile strategy equated to a mobile services road map and technology platform choices. An individual or small team could both create a strategy and...

    • Downloads: 597
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Brief: Demandware Gears Up To Enter The Store

    Demandware's Acquisition Of Tomax Accelerates In-Store Ambitions, But Retailers Will Likely Take A "Wait and See" Approach

    Demandware announced on January 12 its intent to the acquire Tomax, a Salt Lake City-based provider of point-of-service (POS), store operations, and merchandising solutions, a decision that will...

    • Downloads: 63
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Create Your Global eCommerce Road Map

    Road Map: The eCommerce Globalization Playbook

    eBusiness professionals with a global initiative often understand the potential opportunity in front of them, but may be unsure of how to capitalize on it. This report, the road map chapter for the...

    • Downloads: 326
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2014 US Online Banking Benchmark

    Citi And Wells Fargo Have The Most Extensive Secure Website Functionality

    Despite the growth of mobile and tablet banking over the past few years, online banking continues to be widely used in the US, with almost three-quarters of US online adults using it compared with...

    • Downloads: 208
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Must-Have Features On Banks' Secure Websites

    Understanding Consumer Use And Best Practices Can Guide Providers Toward Online Banking Success

    For banks, getting their secure websites right is critical to business success. So how can digital teams at banks ensure their websites meet or exceed user expectations? Our data shows that some...

    • Downloads: 395
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Introducing The Global Retail Segmentation

    Leverage Forrester's Global Technographics® Benchmark Data To Design Localized Retail Experiences

    It's easy for eBusiness executives to assume that shoppers use different touchpoints the same everywhere. But the reality is that there are some significant global differences in consumers' attitudes...

    • Downloads: 510
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The State Of Mobile Insurance, 2014

    Landscape: The Mobile Insurance Strategy Playbook

    Insurance companies are rolling out a widening range of mobile insurance functionality for both consumers and agents. While there's substantial and growing consumer interest in mobile insurance,...

    • Downloads: 572
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Future Of The Branch Lies In Digitally Empowering Employees

    Digital Executives Must Lead A Digital Revolution In The Branch

    The rise of online and mobile banking means there are fewer people going into the branch for transactional purposes than ever before. But when it comes to buying a product and seeking advice, many...

    • Downloads: 231
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2015: Digital Business Transformation Will Gain Critical Mass

    No one really doubts the importance of digital to today's businesses. While senior executives may argue over priorities — open more stores or build a better website? — few can deny the...

    • Downloads: 317
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Digital Disruption Hits Retail Financial Services

    Disruptors Deliver Superior Customer Experiences At A Lower Cost

    Digital disruption has arrived in retail financial services. Banks, insurers, and wealth management firms are besieged by a wave of disruptors that aim to use digital tools to deliver superior...

    • Downloads: 788
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Chinese Retail Market Landscape In 2014

    Traditional Retailers Must Embrace Disruption

    The restructuring and slowing down of the Chinese economy is changing the country's retail industry. In 2014, the growth rate of China's top 100 retail chains has continued to decline and is now at...

    • Downloads: 95
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:How To Make Insurance Brands Relevant Again

    Use Digital Touchpoints To Shift From Compensation To Prevention

    Insurance has become commoditized. Personal lines customers especially shop around and are easily lost to a lower price. Insurers have been searching for ways to revamp their brands and to...

    • Downloads: 267
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2014 Canadian Online Banking Benchmark

    CIBC Leads With A Redesigned Home Page And New Features, But All Of The Big Five Banks Offer Extensive Secure Site Functionality

    Despite the growth of mobile and tablet banking over the past few years, online banking continues to be widely used in Canada, with over three-quarters of Canadian online adults using online banking...

    • Downloads: 116
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Follow Best Practices To Encourage Mobile Banking Use

    Processes: The Mobile Banking Strategy Playbook

    The crucial question for many digital banking teams after they've launched their mobile banking sites and apps is how to encourage customer adoption and use. Forrester spoke to eBusiness executives...

    • Downloads: 1510
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    Report:2013 US Mobile Auto Insurance Functionality Rankings

    With customers now trained to expect more from their mobile experiences, insurers are fortifying their mobile strategies through increased investments. But how effective are mobile insurance apps and...

    • Downloads: 471
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Who Does Mobile Commerce Well?

    Lessons From 20 Top Mobile Merchants

    One of the most common questions that eBusiness executives currently pose is "Who does mobile commerce well?" In this document, we provide examples of 20 mobile experiences across a variety of retail...

    • Downloads: 310